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The Heart of Any University:
50 Years of the William S. Carlson Library

The Heart of Any University

“This will be among the very best libraries in the Midwestern part of this nation, of which we should all be proud.” With these remarks, the University of Toledo’s eleventh president, Dr. Glen R. Driscoll, accepted the one millionth volume to be added to the University Libraries’ collection upon the occasion of the dedication of the William S. Carlson Library on November 16, 1973.

This volume, along with photographs, artifacts, and documents relating to the history of Carlson Library will be on display in the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collection in celebration of the library’s 50th anniversary.

The exhibition will be available to view starting on Thursday, November 16, 2023. It is divided into five chapters:

  • An overview of the history of the University of Toledo Libraries; 
  • A look at the tenth university president, William S. Carlson, for whom the library was named;
  • The path to development of what was the largest and most expensive building on main campus at the time;
  • Commemoration of the men and women who have stepped in to lead the library since its inception in 1917; and
  • An exploration of the work of the Friends of the Library group, which was to benefit the library in any manner possible.

In addition, several cases will display selections of rare books, many of which were acquired through the help of the Friends.

The free, public exhibit will run through January 1, 2024 in the Canaday Center. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please call 419-530-4480. 

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HSC Call for Submissions
Submissions Sought for 2024 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase

The University Libraries is calling for submissions for the 19th annual 2024 Health Science Campus Artist Showcase at the Mulford Library.

Submissions are accepted from faculty, staff and students affiliated with the Health Science Campus, The University of Toledo Medical Center and pharmacy and health science faculty, staff and students on Main Campus.

Original artwork in a variety of media, genres and forms are accepted, including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass and mixed media. Artwork does not need to adhere to any specific theme.

Submissions are open and will be accepted until Tuesday, Jan. 16. The 2024 HSC Artist Showcase will open Monday, Feb. 19, and run through Monday, April 1, at the Mulford Library.

Instructions and an online form for submitting artwork to the HSC Artist Showcase can be found at the online submission form. If you are unable to submit your work via the online form, please contact Jodi Jameson at to make alternate arrangements.

Art Student Showcase
UToledo Students take over the South Gallery

The first University Libraries Art Student Showcase opens Monday, Nov. 6, in the Carlson Library South Gallery, and will run through Friday, Dec. 8.

This showcase is an opportunity for undergraduate students in the University Department of Art to showcase their work on main campus. This year's show features over 30 artists with work spanning painting to ceramics to digital art.

For more information about this showcase or future exhibits, visit the South Gallery Series website.

Veterans Day
Honoring Service: Veterans History Project

In honor of Veterans Day, the University Libraries, the Canaday Center for Special Collections, and the Veterans History Project will be presenting 5 oral histories from veterans who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, along with a display of other historic artifacts. These recordings will be available to listen to on the 2nd floor of the Carlson Library beginning on November 8 through the end of the month.

The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the firsthand narratives of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. Since 2000, VHP has preserved thousands of individual veterans’ collections, which offer users an unparalleled archive of primary source material.


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Last Updated: 11/20/23